Activities For Dogs With Active Owners

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Introduction

Are you an active person who also happens to own a dog? Then chances are you're looking for ways to incorporate your dog into all of the fun things you love to do! Things like hiking, running, walking to the store instead of taking the car, swimming, and more. The good news is that you can stay as much "in the box" as you want, or push the boundary line just a touch, to have some extra fun! Your dog is up for the adventure, we promise.

Running

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
5 - 30 min
Items needed
Leash
Harness (Optional)
Activity description
Whether you want a harness for your dog, one that you can wrap around your waist so the dog is essentially pulling you along, or just a regular leash, it's all up to you and your comfortable physical activity level. Whatever you choose, a run is a great way to get active with your dog. It helps you both stay in shape, burn excess calories, and get up off the couch. Plus, because dogs are creatures of habit, they will get into the routine of morning runs. So even on days when you just "can't," one look at that wagging tail and squinty eyes will change your mind!
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Get ready
Whether you run in the morning or in the evening, the process is the same: you get dressed accordingly, in breathable clothing you can easily move in. Then you get your activity tracker, headphones, phone, or whatever else you use for your run. Finally, you go get your dog! And don't forget the leash. That's super important!
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Get to running!
This is where the fun finally happens - it's time to start running! But make sure you practice some common sense. If you haven't been doing much more than walking around your small apartment and suddenly you start running out of nowhere, your body can suffer some injuries or sprains. Make sure you warm up with a nice walk first, walk up a hill, or dedicate 5 to10 minutes to walking, before starting up a comfortable jog, and then running. It will help you and your dog adjust.
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Take breaks as needed
But it's not just about the warm-up: it's about pacing yourself, and taking it easy on your dog. For instance, dogs with flat faces like Pugs or Boston Terriers should only run for five minutes, because they have trouble taking in enough air. Give them breaks as needed. Also, small breeds tend to have more energy than a lot of bigger breeds. If you're unsure, research your dog's breed, or ask your vet for some guidance.
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Canoe Rental

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Life vest
Activity description
If you've been dying to do something active that works out your arms, then renting a canoe is ideal. Using those paddles to keep moving in the right direction actually takes some work! It's surprising. And now that you want to incorporate your dog into the fun things you get up to, let it be known that a canoe ride would be super exciting stuff! Just make sure to stay safe out there on the water. Use life vests, even if you both can swim. You never know when there's a tough current, or even a waterfall. Stay safe and have some fun!
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Research the park options
Before you go to the local park and rent a canoe, it's important to know what you're getting into. Ask yourself which parks around you offer canoe rentals, and which one does so for the fairest price. Ask if these parks are dog friendly, and if you're actually allowed to bring your dog onto the canoe. In other words, the whole point of this activity is to have fun, but in order to do that, you'll need to do some research first.
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Rent a canoe
Once you know which park you want to go to, drive on over with the dog, and rent a canoe. Remember to be safe: bring the canoe as close to shore, or pier or dock, as you possibly can, and slowly get onboard. It's preferable for you to get in first, and help guide your dog down. This shows the dog what to do, and provides a nice confidence boost.
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Stay safe and have fun
Remember, even if you and the dog can swim, it's always a good idea to wear life vests. You never know when you'll come across a waterfall, choppy water, or get a bad current. Life vests are usually provided along with the canoe, when you rent.. If you're not handed one, ask if you can borrow one for the duration of the rental. Of course, you've come equipped with your pet's vest, which has a convenient handle on the back for lifting them back into the canoe if they decide to go for an impromptu swim.
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Cycling

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Easy
20 - 60 min
Items needed
Bike
Leash
Springer (Optional, but highly suggested)
Activity description
So you want to go for a bike ride, but you are a) afraid your dog can't keep up and b) afraid that your dog will pull you right off the bike. Well the good news is that it doesn't have to be that way. You can control how slow or fast you go on a bike, so your dog can keep up. More so, if your dog is trained very well, you don't need to worry about unexpected pulls and tugs that send you flying several feet in the air. But if you're really concerned, try buying a springer. It's roughly $110, but it's a great way to absorb shocks, tugs and pulls. In fact, it absorbs 90% of those unwelcome tugs, making sure you stay in control.

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Prep for the ride
Make a list of everything you need for your bike ride, and make sure all the items are crossed out before you leave your home. Some of the common things people use are helmets, water bottles, healthy snacks, and some bandaids, because you never know when you may get a little scrape here and there. Also, remember anything you may need for the dog, like a water bowl, a treat or two, and the springer, if you have one. Oh, and don't forget the leash!
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Enjoy the bike ride
Now it's time to enjoy the ride! You could bike through the city, if you really trust your dog. Obviously, it would require a lot of training to get to this point, especially if you don't have a springer. Otherwise, check out your local parks, bike paths, or even just areas around your neighborhood. Some of the best bike rides are in quiet, secluded spots, surrounded by nature.
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Adjust or stop as needed
Remember, safety first. So, although you have a leash, maybe a helmet and a springer, there's still more.For one thing, make sure you stop when your dog clearly needs a break. And if they're having trouble keeping up, slow down! Ideally, you want your dog to be beside your bike, keeping up easily, without overdoing it.
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More Fun Ideas...

Dog Yoga (Doga)

Believe it or not, it's a thing. Like when your dog stretches in the morning, it's like a perfect cobra pose! Well, these classes are surprisingly easy to find everywhere it seems like. And you get to do yoga while the dogs try and do the same. Surprisingly, they can do a lot of poses! But remember, this is more about the pet-human bond than anything else. Neither one of you will get a super serious workout with doga, unfortunately!

Rollerblading

Believe it or not, rollerblading is an amazing workout, and one that certainly doesn't get enough credit anymore. It was all the rage in the 70s to 90s, but it's really lingered here and there since then for a reason: it works out your legs and core like no other! So, if you're so inclined, bring your dog, hold onto the leash, and make sure you keep up with each other.

Conclusion

As you can see, if you're active, you have the perfect opportunities to incorporate your best friend into the fun. All it takes is a little imagination. You can do the expected walks and runs, or you can do something extra fun, like rent a canoe. It's all up to you!